Slick and Slide

Santa Ynez rancher Slick Gardner-wild-horse rescuer turned animal abuser-was back in jail last week for violating the terms of his probation. On a routine visit to the Gardner residence last Wednesday a probation officer discovered the rancher was in possession of several wild horses, a practice Gardner was strictly forbidden to resume. Under house arrest since last August for animal abuse, Slick will serve the remainder of his one-year sentence behind bars unless the court rules otherwise when he goes before a judge later this week. Gardner was charged with animal abuse after a February 2003 raid on his ranch found 550 wild horses-brought ostensibly from Colorado as rescues-malnourished and neglected on his property.

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